Cherokee artist Jennifer Thiessen took top honors at the 25th annual Cherokee Homecoming Art Show, which is being held online because of concerns over the COVID-19 crisis.
The winners for this year’s show were announced last week during a virtual awards ceremony hosted on the Cherokee Heritage Center’s Facebook page.
Thiessen was awarded the grand prize for her dress “Oklahoma Sisters,” which pays tribute to missing and murdered Indigenous women.
The dress showcases the names of native women who have been murdered from all over the U.S. and Canada, dating back to 1900. Each section includes the woman’s name, age at death and year her body was found.
The coordinating sash brings attention to the ongoing crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women by featuring the names of the women who have gone missing within the past year in Oklahoma.
“During my research, it really hit me how devalued our ancestors’ lives were,” Thiessen…